Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs) Clustered Meeting
The NSAP team in the monitoring office has conducted three virtual FMA Clustered meetings on October 1, 7, and 14, 2020. The meetings updated on the current status of each FMA in the entire country. As of November 2020, 67% of the Management Board (MB), 42% of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), and 50% of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the twelve FMAs have been formed. The meetings also reported data consolidation and analysis per FMA to come up with top species with their respective indicators and proposed harvest control rule (HCR). NSAP has provided the top 20 species for all FMA and has started analyzing sustainability indicators that would serve as a basis in proposing appropriate HCRs, which would then be developed as policies or fishery rules and regulations.
NSAP Year-End Review
The NSAP team has also conducted two batches of Virtual Year-End Review on December 10 and 16, 2020. The review reported on the annual catch baselines per region. 100% reports for the catches were given. The annual Reference Points were now presented by FMA (as the team transitioned) from fishing ground per region analysis to FMA analysis.
NSAP Interactive Atlas Workshop
NSAP Team has also been developing the NSAP Interactive Atlas to provide both the national government, local government, and stakeholders the country’s fishery resources’ status in real-time. The team conducted a virtual Workshop on December 23, 2020, updated the NSAP Interactive Atlas’ current development, and obtained inputs from NSAP project leaders and analysts. Moreover, the team has tested the beta version of the system and is now almost ready for deployment. The team is now focused on the back-end data configuration of the system. (NAFlores)